Benefits of a Mentor
An Impact With Lasting Effects
The practice of mentorship is not a new concept. It has been around for hundreds of years because the wisdom learned through life experience is extremely valuable to pass along. This practice benefits the Mentee as well as also society as a whole. Here’s how everyone benefits from Mentorship.
Students who have been through the YMI mentorship program experience:
- Increased self-confidence and an improved sense of self-worth
- A better understanding of accountability and social responsibility
- Improved communication skills particularly in identifying and dealing with emotions
- Academic improvement and healthier social interactions with peers
The Fishers community benefits by:
- Having engaged, socially responsible individuals that are invested in the future and success of Fishers
- Reducing the number of high school dropouts and therefore creating less financial strain on the community
- More adults who know how to engage those younger than themselves in common everyday interaction. This helps younger people feel like they are valued and appreciated as members of the community
Being a Mentor will:
- Challenge you and be just as impactful to your growth as that of the Student’s
- Be rewarded with the knowledge that you directly helped another human being in their life’s journey
- Gain an appreciation of the reality of what the next generation is faced with and give you the resources to positively guide them in their development
see what others have to say
100% of our students say the YMI Mentor helped build their self-esteem and a stronger sense of worth.
Over 25 to 30 years, a dropout student can cost a community as much as $500,000 in public assistance, health care, and incarceration costs. Conversely, a high school diploma can add nearly $500,000 in earning potential during a worker’s career.
Nobody else cared to listen, but my mentor did.
– Fishers High School Student
High school would be very different without this program. I probably wouldn’t be here.
– Fishers High School Student
My mentee now feels comfortable sharing and talking about her struggles. She didn’t have that before.
– Mentor of Fishers High School Student
YMI is committed to training and mobilizing more adults to mentor youth in local schools because only 43% of youth say they experience support from other adults and only 29% say their parents are in involved in their schooling.
* A national survey conducted by the Search Institute
8872 HSE students from grades 7-12 were anonymously surveyed measuring hope for the future, engagement with school and wellbeing. 37% feel stuck or hopeless, 35% are not engaged and 30% lack well-being.
* 2013 Gallup Survey
It costs YMI approximately $500 to place a student into one of our mentor programs for one school year.
Studies show that the average young person experiences fewer than half of the 40 assets. Further investigations reveals that Fishers is maintaining the same statistics. It is our vision to cultivate a healthy future for our great town and that starts with nurturing key developmental assets in our youth.
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- Other adult relationships – Young person receives support from three or more non parent adults.
- Services to others – Young person serves in the community on hour or more per week.
Boundaries & Expectations
- Adult role models – Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
- Positive peer influence – Young person’s best friend’s model responsible behavior.
- High Expectations – Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
Constructive Use Of Time
- Creative activities – Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
- Youth programs – Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and /or in the community.
- Time at home – Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.
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Commitment To Learning
- Achievement Motivation – Young person is motivated to do well in school.
- School Engagement – Young person is actively engaged in learning.
- Homework – Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.
- Bonding to school – Young person cares about her or his school.
- Reading for Pleasure – Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
- Caring – Young person places high value on helping other people.
- Equality and social justice – Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
- Integrity – Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.
- Honesty – Young person “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
- Responsibility – Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
- Restraint – Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
- Planning and decision making – Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
- Interpersonal Competence – Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
- Cultural Competence – Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
- Resistance skills – Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
- Peaceful conflict resolution – Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
- Personal power – Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”
- Self-esteem – Young person reports having a high self-esteem.
- Sense of purpose – Young person reports that “my life has a purpose.”
- Positive view of personal future – Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.
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